Kathleen’s love of Australian flora, her artistic gifts and forthright nature had for decades made her a significant figure in environmental education and advocacy. At home on the Sunshine Coast the sale of her paintings, and of home-grown native plants, brought funds for her conservation campaigns, and raised awareness of the beauty and fragility of our wildflowers. Despite being a sometimes controversial figure locally, in 2002 the Sunshine Coast named her their “Citizen of the Century”.
In 1962 Kathleen became one of the founders of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and increased her activism. She had an advanced ecological understanding and a particular love for the flower-rich wallum country of the south-east. The beautiful Cooloola National Park owes its existence to her efforts.
|Pages 22 - 23 (Wallum Banksia) from Looking at Australian Wildflowers by Kathleen McArthur|
|Plate VII (Hibiscus diversifolius) from Queensland Wildflowers by Kathleen McArthur|
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